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California Marriage Records Free Copy Online

By Christopher Evans

The vital records department of the California Department of Public Health is the central repository of all records of Marriage in California. They are also found at the specific county Recorder’s Office that issued the license.

Only the County Recorder’s Office is authorized to release the certified authorized copies of the records while the vital records department only provides a certified informational copy. The court does not recognize an informational copy as an official document in a court hearing because they are only intended to provide information. Any member of the public has the right to access informational copies but not everyone can get the certified authorized copies. Certified authorized copies are only given to the husband, the wife, their legal representatives, and other individuals or groups that are specified by the court. An informational copy contains vital pieces of information such as the full names of the husband and the wife, their birthdays, the date and place of marriage, and others. There are pieces of information that are not provided to the public because they are considered as confidential.

A marriage needs to have a license for it to become valid. A couple can acquire one at the Recorder’s office. The couple should file for the license together or it will not be granted. A license is only effective for 90 days. Within that 90 days, the couple should be have pushed through with their wedding rites already. If they fail to do so and 90 days since the granting of the license have passed, the couple will have to get another marriage license.

To request for the files, you must fill out a request form at the vital records department or you can download it at their website. The request form should be submitted together with a $14 fee and a notarized sworn statement. The department only accepts payments of fees through check or money order. All requirements should be prepared for a request to be accepted. Requesting the files at the department is time-consuming, usually reaching 6 months for every request. If you want to get the files faster, head to the Recorder’s Office.

Today, the files can now be acquired through private websites that have the consent of the court. Anyone can submit a request as long as proper procedures are observed. Files are stored in a database that is linked with that of the government office’s official website. Files that are kept by private websites and government offices are pretty much alike.

There are several sources on the Internet that provide Records of Marriage to the public. If you are not knowledgeable as to which state to begin a search, look for a website that lets you do a nationwide search. Some sources are for free while some impose a certain amount of fee. Both kinds of sources are able to supply the simple details of a marriage file. The difference is that those that impose a certain amount of fee provide a little bit more details. But before anything else, check the credibility of your source by performing a little research about them.

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